US sportswriter Wahl dies suddenly while covering the World Cup

WASHINGTON/DOHA, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Well-known US soccer journalist Grant Wahl died suddenly on Friday after collapsing while covering a match at the World Cup in Qatar, his agent said. US Soccer said it was “heartbroken to learn” of Wahl’s death. His wife responded to the US Soccer statement on Twitter, saying she was “in … Read more

Reality ends some Qatari dreams of World Cup rental bonanza

Agency says Qatar hotel group demanded new payments Some rates reduced, but many properties empty Broker says some landlords sought unrealistic rents DOHA, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Qatar has found itself with an unexpected glut of rooms in the World Cup’s busy group stage, with online portals showing rooms in at least 42 hotels and … Read more

Ronaldo to leave Manchester United after criticism of the club

Nov 22 (Reuters) – Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo will leave with immediate effect, the Premier League team said on Tuesday, marking a bitter end to the Portugal captain’s second spell at Old Trafford after he said he felt betrayed by the club. An explosive interview with TalkTV this month — in which Ronaldo also … Read more

No alcohol sales permitted at Qatar’s World Cup stadium sites

DOHA Nov 18 (Reuters) – Alcoholic beer will not be sold at Qatar’s World Cup stadiums, world soccer governing body FIFA said on Friday, a last minute reversal which raised questions among some supporters about the host country’s ability to deliver on promises to fans. The announcement comes two days before Sunday’s kickoff of the … Read more

Russia warms to US prisoner swap for arms trader Bout

Russia says it is seeking Bout’s return Griner transferred to Russian region of Mordovia Russia counts on “positive” results LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday it hoped to clinch a prisoner swap with the United States to return convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death”, in an … Read more

Qatar World Cup ambassador says homosexuality is ‘damage in the mind’

BERLIN, Nov 8 (Reuters) – A Qatar World Cup ambassador has told German television broadcaster ZDF that homosexuality was “damage in the mind”, as the Gulf state prepares to host the global tournament in less than two weeks. In an interview filmed in Doha and to be screened later on Tuesday, former Qatari international Khalid … Read more

Benzema, Putellas win Ballon d’Or awards for best players in the world

Real Madrid’s Frenchman Benzema voted best men’s player Barca’s Spain midfielder Putellas picks up the women’s award Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City chosen as Best Club PARIS, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s France forward Karim Benzema won the 2022 Ballon d’Or award for the best men’s player in the world on Monday, while Barcelona’s Spain … Read more

Elon Musk says he is buying Manchester United

Tesla CEO Elon Musk looks on as he visits the construction site of Tesla’s gigafactory in Gruenheide, near Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/ Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register Aug 16 (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Tuesday he was buying football club Manchester United … Read more

Groups urge US to try ‘loot box’ on Electronic Arts video game

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – Consumer advocates on Thursday urged US regulators to investigate video game maker Electronic Arts Inc (EA.O) for what they say was the misleading use of a digital “loot box” that “aggressively” urges players to spend more money while playing a popular soccer game. The groups Fairplay, Center for Digital Democracy … Read more

Audi, Porsche to join Formula One, VW CEO says

BERLIN, May 2 (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) premium brands Audi and Porsche will join Formula One after convincing the German automaking group that the move will bring in more money than it will cost, VW Chief Executive Herbert Diess said on Monday . Discussions by the board of directors about the two brands’ plans had … Read more